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Tony Bedard On "War of the Green Lanterns" Aftermath and New Guardians

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Fri, 07/15/2011 - 13:35

picGreen Lantern #67 saw not only Sinestro become, once again, a member of the Green Lantern Corps, but the greatest Lantern to have ever lived, Hal Jordan, had his ring taken away and booted from Oa!

On top of that, the "War of the Green Lanterns" saw Lantern John Stewart take the "shot heard around the universe" when he was forced to kill the "moral compass" of the Corps - Mogo!

Tony Bedard spoke with Newsarama on the War of the Green Lanterns: Aftermath and also the DC Relaunch title Green Lantern: New Guardians.

Bedard mentions that Mogo's death will be a major topic in the Aftermath, as this is what led to Sinestro regaining a Green Lantern ring.

"Mogo was the moral compass that helped guide power rings to their new wearers. He may be irreplaceable, and with him gone, the whole candidate selection process is in question. Exhibit A: Sinestro. Mogo's death will have further-reaching implications than you might think, and it is a major subject in 'Aftermath,'" said Bedard.

Regarding Sinestro, Bedard does state that will be explored, but says it is also about the relationship between the Corps (My note: More from Sinestro most likely comes in the DC Relaunch of "Green Lantern" this September).

"We do get into Sinestro's response, and the profound questions that arise with a green ring on his hand, but 'Aftermath' is also about the other rifts and strained relationships in the Corps," said Bedard.

Bedard talks about what the Corps might be feeling with Sinestro becoming a member among their ranks.

"Sinestro's new status is the biggest question mark of all right now. To a man, the Green Lanterns want him dead. Each of them knows someone who fell in the Sinestro Corps War. Each of them knows the man is a tyrant and he cannot be trusted," said Bedard. "But a green ring chose Sinestro, and that's a mystery that must be unraveled. So as the Guardians struggle to understand what this means, the shell-shocked Lanterns worry that he might worm his way back into their good graces, and some of them will do anything to keep that from happening."
What about Hal Jordan? Bedard doesn't say much, but does state his absence might affect the entire Corps greater than his presence does (My note: Again, more from Hal is likely to take place in the DC Relaunch of "GL.").
"Hal is widely regarded as the greatest Green Lantern ever, and every single Green Lantern has to wonder: 'if the Guardians dumped him, what might they do to me?' Even the ones who weren't Hal's biggest fans are shaken by this development. In a way, Hal's absence has a more shocking impact than his presence would have," said Bedard.
All this bring up an interesting point, which Bedard touches upon: With Mogo gone, Sinestro now a Lantern and Hal off the force - the Guardians behavior seems more erratic than ever before. And this is the basis behind the new Green Lantern: New Guardians.
"When Green Lantern: New Guardians launches in September, everything you need to know will be there from issue #1, but the underlying question of whether the Guardians are fit to command the Corps is one that runs through 'Aftermath' and will be a major component in New Guardians," said Bedard.
Bedard goes on to talk about John Stewart, Sinestro's daughter, Soranik Natu, and more over at Newsarama.
"War of The Green Lanterns: Aftermath #1" hits next week July 20th!